Kermit’s Cup of Tea: Friday Findings

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Happy Friday, friends! I don’t know about you, but I’m absolutely jumping for joy since we’ve finally made it to the end of another pretty long week. The week before Thanksgiving break and after elections has, at times, felt pretty unbearable, and yet here we are. Cheers to the weekend and another Friday Finding countdown!

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On the Merging of Hip Hop, Religion, and Peace

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Who is Yani? is not only the title of her mixtape, it’s also the question on everyone’s lips. Who is this poet, rapper, lyricist, theologian, and leader spreading words of positivity, love, and peace from the Bay of California to the streets of India? I’m sure that sounds like a tall order for one person, and it is, but Iyana Davis isn’t just a person. She is magic. William Shakespeare said “She be small, but she is fierce,” and fierce Davis is! At just 5 feet (though I’m sure her hair gives her a few more inches), beautiful hazel eyes, and a commitment to changing the world, Davis is absolutely unstoppable. So, who is Yani? You’re about to find out!

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Dear Kermit: Big-Hearted Hogger

Dear Kermit,

I have been broken up with my ex-girlfriend of 2 years for about 3 months now. She lied to me, cheated on, played, and threw away the love I gave her. And while I am over her, it still hurts watching her with her new boyfriend who I know is not a good person. I love her and I always will as she is the first girl I ever loved and I have some sort of emotion connection to her that will never waiver. During this difficult time, I have been talking to other girls and spending time with them but I only see them as placeholders. I love the feeling of having a girlfriend but is it what’s truly best for me? I’d really love your advice on how to tackle all of these issues.

Sincerely,

Big-Hearted Hogger

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Kermit Says: Give Peace, Love, and Joy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve stumbled upon radio stations playing 24-hours of Christmas tunes (NSYNCs Christmas album, anyone?), seen a myriad of commercials informing your Christmas wish lists (gotta love those Apple and Coca-Cola commercials), and wasted countless hours watching Christmas-themed films (It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf are among my favorites)! It’s so easy to get brain washed around the holidays, so easy to forget the true reason for the season.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the presents, but be presentbe in the moment.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the gifts, but be a gift to someone else…give love.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the lights, but be the light in someone else’s life.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the man, but in the Mancelebrate God’s promises.

And whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in what society sells you, but listen to your heart for Christmas lives inside of you. 

So, instead of letting (only) the presents under the tree bring you happiness, focus on giving and receiving what money can’t buy: peace, love, and joy!

Kermit Says: I’m Here For You

I love the holiday season! It’s a time when folks can go home, reconnect with family and friends, and reflect on both the challenges and blessings of the season.

But with so much happening in the world, it’s also pretty easy to see how and why the holidays can be a time filled with great sadness and pain. It can be a time when people don’t feel cared for or loved. A time when people feel lonely, poor, discouraged, inadequate, and depressed. We get so bogged down by the negatives and the crazy cards that life can often present that we lose sight of what really matters, we lose hope and faith in ourselves and the world around us. We forget about our own well-being and the well-being of others. Don’t.

You may not feel loved, but you are because I love you.

You may not feel wealthy, but you are wealthy with the riches money can’t buy.

You may feel lonely, but you’re not for He is always with you.

You may feel inadequate, but you were made in His image and are destined for greatness.

Don’t give up or let this holiday season get you down– let it build you up instead.

And if you ever feel like you’re by yourself and need someone to talk to, someone to bring you good tidings or give you peace, comfort, and love, I’m here for you.

Love, 

Kermit

Kermit Says: Find the Good in Goodbye

“My boyfriend cheated on me.” “My girlfriend is embarrassed to be seen with me.”

“He said he’d hook up with her when he’s done with me.” “He got really angry.” “But I still love her.”

In 72 hours, at least five students have shared less than stellar truths about their relationships. And while their overall concerns differ, one thing links them together: the idea that it’s all natural. That everyone goes through rough patches. That sometimes people lose their temper. That sometimes people cheat. That any form of mistreatment or abuse is normal because “at least I’m in a relationship, right?” Wrong.

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Kermit Says: Live

I recently had the pleasure of serving as the dorm head for a high school reunion for the class of 1954. Upon hearing that this particular class would be celebrating their 60th high school reunion (*applause*), I just knew this would be a piece of cake because they’d be quiet, neat, and in bed by 8:00pm. Boy was I wrong! From the moment I met my residents, I knew my ageist perception of this group was so far from right. In fact, they are quite possibly the most lively and rambunctious group of people I’ve ever met! Here, I realized that Aaliyah (rest in paradise) was right when she sang age ain’t nothin’ but a number. Whether you’re 10 months, 20 years, or 100 years old, remember to live life without fear, without inhibitions, and with passion.

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